Be My Friend!

Posted on 06. Feb, 2009 by in Literature

“Be My Friend!” (كن صديقى) is a beautiful poem by the famous Kuwaiti poet, critic and writer Suad al-Sabah.  She was born in 1942 to the ruling family of Kuwait. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cairo University in 1973, and a PhD also in economics from Sari Guilford University in the UK in 1981. In her poetry, she deals with concerns of Arab women and tries to challenge traditions and the traditional role of women in society. This poem is a good example of her poetry. It is an invitation for friendship extended from a woman to a man, an invitation for a man to know a woman as a person regardless of gender. This beautiful poem became a song by the famous sophisticated singer Majeda Al-Roumi. Following are some of the lines of the poem adapted to a song.

كم جميل لو بقينا أصدقاء
إن كل امراة تحتاج إلى كف صديق
كن صديقى

هواياتى صغيرة
واهتماماتى صغيرة
وطموحى أن أمشى ساعات معك
تحت المطر
عندما يسكننى الحزن
ويبكينى الوتر

فلماذا تهتم بشكلى
ولا تدرك عقلى
كن صديقى

 

How beautiful would it be if we remained friends

Every woman needs the hand of a friend

Be my friend

My hobbies are simple

And my interests are simple

And all I hope for is a walk with you

For hours, in the rain

When sadness dwells in me

And music brings tears to my eyes

So, why do you only care about my appearance

And not realize my mind

Be my friend!

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9 Responses to “Be My Friend!”

  1. Farhad 24 August 2009 at 12:59 am #

    Hello I am Sha!
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    I really like & love the arabic as a “Language”.
    The impression I got immediately after I
    completed MA English was that I should have
    studied “Arabic”.
    I have grown a strong passion and attachment
    for Arabic and the Arabs. How much it can last?
    This is what i don’t know nor am much sure about
    but if your gals and guys out there help me, my
    love might become fruitful for me.
    Why do i like and love arabic and the Arabs?
    This is sort of expansive questions.
    I only know that Arabic is soft, smooth
    and melodius.
    The Arabs are loving, sincere and sobre.
    Well, what I don’t know is if they are
    lovers of their language too or not.
    I aspire to someday talk fluently in arabic.
    Talk to my friends. But can i attract Arabic
    -speakers to my self by speaking their lang-
    uage is yet another thing to be experienced
    still.
    Arabic is the language of the Muslims but i do
    believe ALLAH will hear and help me even when
    i speak my mother tongue to ask him. I am
    sensitive to the degree that if i like something
    just for the sake of some good and great point
    in it and I am not answered positively…. I
    really begin to hate that thing. Well i don’t
    know why should i do it but still here i am to
    do it. I like to chat, sing, speak, think, write
    and argue in Arabic. I have no intention to
    visit an Arabic speaking country as yet but
    can it be helpful enough in learning a language to
    personally visit the country where it is spoken?
    Because we have been in this country of ours for
    since our birth but still we haven’t got command
    and control over the national language spoken
    here. Does it go to say that it doesn’t matter
    a lot to visit a country for the solitary purpose
    of learning a language spoken there? I like the
    h sound of Arabic and also I like it for not
    having the clattering sounds of t,d etc. I
    want to have good really good arabic language
    friends. I can teach you English “only and only
    if you think you need it”. I should thank you
    in advance if you think my love for Arabic and
    the Arab is something valuable.
    With best regards it is farhad (underscore)
    alishah (at) yahoo (dot) com
    my cell number is zerozeroninetwothreeonetwo
    fivezerotwozeroeighteighteight
    Wassalam-o-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah!
    ( I shall be really anxiously waiting for
    the language friend of my dreams.
    How can i say in Arabic
    “The lover and Admirer of Arabic as a Language”
    Bubye thanks

  2. Athoilah 30 August 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    السلام عليكم

    guys.. I’m indonesian
    i’m interesting in arabic and english

    would you mind be my partner to study these two language.

    Please add me dob_dob63@yahoo.com
    or dobdob63@gmail.com

  3. sarah 1 December 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    Assalam-o-Alaikum

    I can teach you both arabic and we can become as friens if you don’t mind??

    because i can learn English from you

    my mother language is Arabic
    saronh11405@hotmail.com

    or skype
    saronh11405

  4. american or arabian 17 January 2011 at 8:28 am #

    these are great languages british english and old arabic

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  7. Abdol Reza Rahmani 13 March 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    This is Abdolreza a math teacher who likes poem from acquianted languages.Add to English poetry,I am interested to Hindi,Azary and Arabic.Where as Farsi has many Arabic words,Id like to learn more,At first I tried to read the lines in arabic , after that English Translation.I enjoyed a lot.Thank you.

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